Florida International University enology professor Barry Gump, teaching a wine analysis class to English-speaking students at a university in Tianjin, China, sends this blog entry about two of his students. Following Chinese custom, they have given themselves English-style nicknames to please their American professor. They call themselves Sunny (left) and Windy (right). Gump calls them “my weather girls.”
Later this year Sunny (Zhao Zixin) and Windy (Li Wenjun) will travel to FIU’s Miami campus to seek degrees in hotel and restaurant management, with the goal of working in big international hotels like Marriott and Mandarin Oriental in the U.S. and also in such big Asian cities as Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok.
Here, in their charming, fledgling English, are their stories.
“I started to be interested in hotel management when I was young. And I have got direct contacts with it about my internships in some industries during my three-year university life. Also, its influence on people and society fascinate me.
“I learned the courses of Hospitality Management very diligently and got very good scores. However, this is far from enough to face the problems from my internships, not to say achieving my career goal. The leading knowledge and the research ability which I can acquire from the further study will no doubt give me much more solid foundation and a broader vision. These two characters are indispensable for a leader or manager who wants to be successful in future fierce competitions.
“The Hotel Management program in FIU has its emphasis on useful applications and the education system and curriculum are related to what I’m learning now. So I believe the program will suit me pretty well. And it’s one of the best hospitality management programs in the US and it consists of leading international experts and highly regarded practicing professionals. Students in this program are from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and I can learn a great deal from such multi-culture communication.
“Located in Miami, the city itself provides an excellent opportunity for students to receive practical training and internships in industry. These relationships create expanded opportunities for internships and practical training in hotel areas, which will play an important role in my senior year study.”
Actually, we have five girls go together [to Miami]. To answer this question, each of us will give the individual and personal reasons. What can be the same answer is that Study Abroad is one important component of our young life. For us, this chance means not only further study, but also self-realization. We hold the AMERICAN DREAM, come to the freedom kingdom, know what is best, and then reach the highest level of human desire: self-fulfillment.
To study in Miami is the touchstone for making a living independently mentally. Although I am now studying far away from home, I am not independent in daily life. The phone and the internet chatting tool connives me to turn to friends and parents for help in any different situation. In most times, I gave up conquering the difficulty myself, and chose to leave them to somebody else. Maybe you may ask: “Wouldn’t you turn to the friends and parents for help after going abroad?”
“I am trying to be independent, since I will in a new and independent environment. This social culture will push me to realize that I should be fully responsible for myself. The difference between domestic animals and wild animals is that the former have home and owner, so they do not need to face the competition in the wild world. I am so shy to say I have been a pet of my parents for 20 years, just like a domestic animal. Now I realize that it’s time to see the wild world, otherwise I will loss the capability of survival, and the truth is parents are getting older and cannot protect you all lifelong…”
Personally, I have strong consciousness of hardship. Every day, every week, every period of time, I would like to give myself goals and then go to achieve them. But little by little, I failed to reach the goals effectively. Until I read one book of Marx didn’t I realize what the problem was. He said: a comprehensive philosophy of the world or of human life is the guide to do anything. I totally agree with this comment and take action to perfect my philosophy of the world or of human life. So study abroad (is also live abroad), is one direct way to modify my values. It is a god-given opportunity for me. I might be benefit a lot from this experience whatever my job will be, wherever I will go, whether I lose myself.
So many reasons contribute to the final decision of going abroad. In brief, it will be a wonderful and hard journey. I have prepared smile and tears for it.
My writing skill is far from good. Maybe it will make you confused a lot. I am trying to improve it. Sorry for tolerance it.(*^__^*) ……